Fascinating Mathematical People:
Interviews and Memoirs
Edited by Donald J. Albers & Gerald L. Alexanderson
With a foreword by Philip J. Davis

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"This book is an assortment of interviews and memoirs of 16 contemporary mathematicians with a variety of backgrounds. The volume includes some unique, never-published photographs of the mathematicians--at work and/or with their families--that add a nice personal touch. As this reviewer read about these individuals, she found herself wanting to know more about them, and even considering inviting one to be a guest speaker at a math club meeting. . . . [Fascinating Mathematical People] would be a useful supplementary resource for an undergraduate history of mathematics class; it would also be a valuable work for students to browse on their own."--J.A. Bakal, Choice

"[T]his is a book to discontinuous reading: one picks it at leisure, takes a look at the contents and chooses what to read. No order is required, nor any systematic dedication, but in the end one sure will read it all."--Jesús M. Ruiz, European Mathematical Society Newsletter

"Interesting personal sketches of mathematicians at work and at home. . . . For students considering a career in mathematics, this book can be an enlightening read. For readers who are already mathematicians, it gives insight into some mathematical history of the twentieth century."--Dorothy Janice Radin, Mathematics Teacher

"It is packed with anecdotes and suitable for the general reader or historian. A range of themes are introduced in the preface raising the potential for a more specialized biographical insight. An enjoyable read and learning experience."--Wallace A Ferguson, Mathematics Today


"Fascinating Mathematical People is a wonderfully varied collection. We meet brilliantly successful teachers, authors, a dentist, and two Fields Medal-winning Scandinavians. Some came from academic or intellectual families, another from a blazing-hot glass factory in Pennsylvania, and still another from an ancient and storied English aristocratic background. All of them had surprising side paths and detours on their way to mathematical success."--Reuben Hersh, coauthor of Loving and Hating Mathematics

"This is a wonderful book."--Barry Cipra, coauthor of What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences

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